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[French, from Old French vaudeis, from Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs; see Waldenses.]
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pl n, sing -dois
1. (Roman Catholic Church) another name for the Waldenses
2. (Peoples) the inhabitants of Vaud
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(wɔlˈdɛn siz, wɒl-)
members of a Christian sect that arose in 1170 in S France under the leadership of Pierre Waldo and that joined the Reformation in the 16th century.
[pl. of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis]
Wal•den′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
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Noun1.Vaudois - a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
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Casaubon was the most interesting man she had ever seen, not excepting even Monsieur Liret, the Vaudois clergyman who had given conferences on the history of the Waldenses.
Casaubon about the Vaudois clergy, Sir James betook himself to Celia, and talked to her about her sister; spoke of a house in town, and asked whether Miss Brooke disliked London.
What a difference from six years ago, when the cherry-trees, adorned in their green spring dress and laden with their bridal flowers, smiled at my departure along the Vaudois fields, and the lilacs of Burgundy threw great gusts of perfume into my face!" The weather is seldom talked of with so much real sensitiveness to it as in this:
Police said they left Vaudois airfield for Perugia, Umbria, at 9am but crashed about an hour into the flight.
The initial settlement agreement refered to a "colony of Vaudois winemakers, which is to establish itself on the Akkerman vineyards," and specified that each family would receive vineyards, as well as access to pasturage and fields.
20-60 [micro]L PHT-containing samples from patients collected from a 2 [micro]L/min flow rate brain microdialysis and 2 mL of CPDA containing PHT patient blood samples were provided by the Department of Neurosurgery (Kantonsspital Aarau AG, Switzerland and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland).
For one of the authors (Kevin Moerenhout), this work was supported by the Edouard-Samson Funding, Canada; Swiss Orthopaedic Funding, Switzerland; and Fonds de Perfectionnement du CHUV (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois), Switzerland.
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (n=69, 4.19%) ranked first in productivity followed by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (n=51, 3.09%) and University of Manchester (n=45, 2.73%).
(1) Department of Visceral Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland